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 Post subject: IAC model 1887 (12ga lever action)
PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2006 10:22 pm 
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I got my PTA late on Thursday afternoon so I was at the shop 1st thing on Friday morning, after taking delivery I had to check a couple of traps that I set for a fox over the road the morning before.
As luck would have it there was one in it so my 1st shot nailed a Fox (even if it was an execution) but after pulling up the traps I went across the river to give it a work out.

I walked all over the front paddocks I noticed that while it was heavy it carried well and was surprisingly well balanced, I looked closer at it and started to notice the fine details.
One of the 1st things that I noticed was that there was light machine marks on the barrel similar to what I have noticed on Baikal and Boito shotguns but the blueing was a nice even coating and the whole gun was very solid.The wood was nothing spectacular but it does show some promise and I think that a little French polishing will bring it up a treat, or I might buy a replacement “high grade” walnut stock from the states.

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I loaded it up and tested it on a termite mound and found that some of the shells stuck a little and that it took quite a bit of effort to extract at times, but that soon smoothed out after a about the 1st 21 rounds. I will polish the action and remove some machine marks and burs with the Arlic supper tool when I have the time, but otherwise it was working well by the time that I finished playing with it.

I did notice that it shouldered very well for me and that it seems to fit me very well, not as well as a good SXS but better then I would expect for a $800 gun.This was proven as I made my way back to the car and Hare exploded from cover 15m in front of me.
I was amazed when I realized that I had the front bead on it already and seemingly without thought, it just seemed to shoulder on it’s own. I let off two very fast shots to sent the Hare cart wheeling down the hill about 25m in front of me, it was indeed very fast to cycle and to get a second shot off with.

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All in all I am very impressed with this gun especially for the price and I am looking forward to jumping a mob of pigs with it very soon. I did however find the hammer easy to move but it does get hard on the thumb after a while, I would recomend having the chamber empty and a round on the feed ramp. As it is so fast to cycle that shouldn't prove to be a problem in the field.

I just have to put some slugs through it now and see how it groups.


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 Post subject: re: IAC model 1887 (12ga lever action)
PostPosted: Sat Sep 23, 2006 9:45 am 
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Interesting.

What is the barrel length and choke :?:


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 Post subject: re: IAC model 1887 (12ga lever action)
PostPosted: Sat Sep 23, 2006 10:04 am 
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It has a 20" barrel and a cylinder choke, it is more of a Buckshot and slug gun, I am thinking of having a set of screw in chokes fitted however. It would be interesting to say the least to show up on the opening day of duck season with one :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: re: IAC model 1887 (12ga lever action)
PostPosted: Sat Sep 23, 2006 10:15 am 
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260rem wrote:
It has a 20" barrel and a cylinder choke, it is more of a Buckshot and slug gun,


Thanks for the info, I assume this is because it is intended for the cowboy action shooters.

Of course, as most of us know, back when the original was made, there were numerous barrel configurations offered, as can be seen in the old catalogues and re-prints from that time.

I was wondering if there were other versions with longer "pipes" on them but likely they are cattering to the largest, present day market for this gun.


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 Post subject: re: IAC model 1887 (12ga lever action)
PostPosted: Sun Sep 24, 2006 4:48 pm 
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FWIW it looks like next year they are bringing in a 28" barreled gun with choke not sure if it is fixed or mobile so says the Nioa rep anyway


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 Post subject: re: IAC model 1887 (12ga lever action)
PostPosted: Sun Sep 24, 2006 10:07 pm 
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I quite like this one as it is, the more that I play with it the better I like it, but if they bring out one with a 28" barrel..... who am I not to buy one?
When I put the rifled sights on this one, it would make a nice upland game gun.

I got told at my local gun shop the other day that there was talk of banning these soon and that they were thinking of banning my beloved Remington fieldmaster .22 also.


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 Post subject: re: IAC model 1887 (12ga lever action)
PostPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2006 6:14 am 
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I do know the next lot in will be a little dearer as the were required to have a safety catch before the next lot would be allowed in it did surprise me that these guns come in without a safety catch I remember years ago BSA Meteor air rifles stopped coming in for the same reason


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 Post subject: re: IAC model 1887 (12ga lever action)
PostPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2006 6:21 am 
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After have a better play with it I concider the half cock to be a slow and difficult safty method, I will continue to carry it with an empty chamber when hunting around others.
I'm just happy that I got one of the 1st ones here :lol:

I had a look at the back of the fore grip and gave it a sand and a light oil and I am looking foward to seeing how the stock will turn out after I put a little work into it :D


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